Thursday, January 18, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Garth Brook on Muppets Tonight

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I know I said this month's Throwback Thursdays would specifically focus on retro visions of the future by Disney, but this week's post is going to slightly deviate from this theme.

I say "slightly deviate" because, while this week's post doesn't focus on any past predictions on scientific or technological progress, it does offer a promise of a better world for everyone regardless of who they are.

After all, if your own futurism doesn't focus on creating a better world than the one that exists today, then what exactly does your futurism entail?

So in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, allow me to share a musical number that pines for a better tomorrow that MLK himself would have envisioned.

To view this dream of a better world for all, click READ MORE:

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I think it's safe to say that The Muppets don't need an introduction, and neither does country music star Garth Brooks. Both figures have remained ubiquitous within American pop culture for the longest time, which made it only fitting that one would star alongside the other.

Back in the late 1990s, the Muppets had an updated version of their variety show called Muppets Tonight, which featured many popular guest stars of the day including Garth Brooks.

His episode in particular is one that I remember the most because of his ending musical number where he sang his most uplifting song (at least IMHO), "We Shall Be Free."

In the song, Brooks pines for a day when things like poverty, hunger, war, and hate no longer exist, and the world is better off because of it--because only when we no longer have to worry about such problems, well, by then we shall be truly free.

This is a song that I always share and play during MLK Day because the song encompasses everything about MLK's vision for a better, more equitable world when everyone can live freely.

America, if not the world at large, has a long way to go until we can truly live in such a world, which makes it all the more imperative that we continue to strive for such a great big beautiful tomorrow, for only then, we shall be free at last.

So let's honor MLK's legacy and philosophy by watching Garth Brook's musical number:

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